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5 Superfoods for Eye Health
Many people as time passes start to suffer from poor eyesight, and distorted vision. With time people also suffer from cataracts and macular degeneration.
Taking proper care of your eyes, including providing nutrients they need, plays a vital role in keeping them healthy. Eating certain Superfoods can keep your eyes functioning at their best for a longer period of time, as well as help prevent various eye problems.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark leafy greens such as kale, turnip greens, Swiss chard, and spinach are great sources of Vitamin C. Spinach and other dark, leafy greens are rich in two antioxidants stored in the macula—lutein and zeaxanthin. The macula is a part of the retina that acts as a natural sunblock, shielding the eye from damaging light. Eating foods rich in these antioxidants not only improves vision, but they help maintain your vision long-term. Since lutein and zeaxanthin are fat soluble, eating your greens with olive oil will help ensure that you absorb more of them.
Flax seed oil contain important dietary fatty acids that have multiple health benefits, including the prevention of Dry Eyes. A daily supplement of flaxseed oil can help reduce dry eye symptoms including burning, stinging, redness, and visual disturbances. Many doctors are recommending flaxseed oil supplements for patients who suffer from dry eyes. Researchers also suggest that these same fatty acids reduce the risk of risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Nuts are very high in Vitamin E. Adequate amounts of Vitamin E can help protect against eye related damaged like macular degeneration. The current DV for Vitamin D is 20 mg. Sunflower seeds have 49% of the DV of Vitamin E in just one ounce. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E helps stop cell damage from free radicals, including damage to your eyes and also prevent cataracts.
Blueberries are very high in antioxidants and many other nutrients. Antioxidants in particular can help protect tissues from damage caused by free radicals. Blueberries and other related fruits contain antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins. These high concentration anthocyanins in blueberries help eye health especially Cataracts.
Peppers like sweet red pepper, green pepper, and yellow pepper are the top food containing levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential nutrient in the body. Vitamin C promotes healthy bones, skin and blood vessels, including the delicate capillaries in the retina Studies suggest long-term consumption of Vitamin C may reduce the risk of forming a cataract and vision loss from macular degeneration.The current DV of Vitamin C is 60 mg and one serving of yellow pepper has 159% of the DV.
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